Trucks are a needed part of our modern society. Large trucks, including semis, eighteen wheelers, and others bring the most important resources for the economy to function to the most remote part of the country. This is especially the case with the thousands of miles of roads supporting thirty million Californians. Truck traffic is a constant reality, especially on the many freeways of the state.
As Passenger Car Wrecks Go Down, Big Rig Truck Accidents Go Up?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show a bleak trend. While many of the statistics show fatalities going down across the board, there is a different trend going on involving trucks. As a matter of fact, fatalities including trucks actually increased from 2009 to 2013. Between these years the rate of fatality increased 17 percent. In fact, there were almost four thousand deaths in 2013, including almost six hundred people in the truck cabs.
Actions That Can Help Reduce Bad Wrecks
There are many actions that could be taken in order to reduce the number of fatalities on the road. Even with improvements in safety equipment, these are sometimes ignored by the large trucking companies because these regulations are crushing and make it impossible to turn a profit. In addition, there have been cases of drivers not having CDLs or other necessary training, which is increasing as a whole generation of truckers leave the industry being replaced by greenhorns.
- Fatalities for Truckers at a Six Year High
These dangers affect both commuters on the road and the truck drivers themselves. Truckinginfo reported recently that fatalities among truckers has reached a six year high. There has also been a push within the industry to increase the number of hours allowed for drivers to undertake– up to as high as 82.
Some leftists who have never owned or operated a business argue that inaction by the federal government to mandate higher safety standards also costs lives. Those who believe in personal responsibility and free markets believe that regulations and compliance costs actually lead to cooking the books, hiring illegal aliens to drive, using the trailer brakes stop the vehicle, tire carving and other things that increase the likelihood of accidents.
Historic Over-regulation Shows More and Not Less Prime Mover Accidents
When the number of truck fatalities should be decreasing, this vital period of historic and massive regulation has seen an increase. This should be completely unacceptable to every person on the road, especially those being asked to drive these big rigs. At the end of the day, we already have negligence laws in place forcing all human beings to act reasonable. Common sense dictates that We the People abide by our social contract and that we deport illegals and others who do not.
In the meantime, consumers must be aware of their surroundings and avoid areas that big trucks frequent. For more information or to speak to an expert in trucking accident, call Ehline Law today. Our attorneys have been second to none in determining the cause of these accidents and attempting to prevent them.